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Murdered: Soul Suspect Limited Edition (Xbox 360)
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Platform: Xbox 360 | Edition: Limited Edition
Murdered: Soul Suspect is a dark, detective thriller with a supernatural twist: solving your own murder from the afterlife. Play as Ronan O'Connor, a Salem police detective with a checkered past, whose life is brought to an untimely end by a brutal killer. Trapped in a limbo world called Dusk, he is unable to find peace until he can bring his killer to justice.
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The deeper story is that a serial killer is stalking Salem - and you are their latest (though accidental) victim, brutally moidered in the course of hunting them down.
Along the main plot are a stack of side-stories; predominantly ghostly encounters of the recently and not so recently deceased, who's own deaths you're given the option to solve.
The side-quests only make for a mildly entertaining distraction however, from what is ultimately a very slow paced, repetitive, and basically dull game.
The novelty of possession, influencing, mind reading and walking through walls rapidly wears off and it becomes incredibly difficult to care about the protagonist - or really be all that bothered about playing it through. Its more of a relief than a satisfaction to be done with it.
Its a shame, because as mentioned, its a fascinating premise and very clever story. The plot isn't one of these overly insane twisting chaotic jobs - more a clever progression to an interesting conclusion; But the actual game-play should've been far more polished and engaging than it ended up being.
Particular high points for me;
The story itself. For some it will be predictable but I thought it was great.
Decent enough graphics; basic, not as polished as many other recent releases, but in no way game spoiling.
The demons are actually pretty cool (a line-of-sight enemy who chases after you if they catch sight of you)
So, SO unbelievably slow moving.
Frustratingly easy - no difficulty setting to amend this
It should be dripping with atmosphere; its just dark. By which I mean difficult to see a lot of things on the screen. It isnt eerie or creepy or chilling.
Camera control and character angling is alternately clunky and slack - more often than not I ended up having to faff to align to highlight objects - which when the bulk of the game is finding, revealing and then collecting clues - is dire.
Most of the clues and collectables are, in some way, highlighted. Either literally, with a gold spot, or figuratively, by strategic placing so that its obvious you should be looking at it - or because it's "incomplete" so stands out. This just makes the game all the easier!
The protagonist is... not so much unlikeable as just "blah" and one dimensional. As are much of the other characters. So you just dont care.
The demons are not only very easy to avoid/ escape - but FAR too easy to "exorcise" - and having done so theres no longer any threat in an area so you just find yourself running around like a ninny.
The worst aspect:
The play is frequently sticky, sluggish and juddery. There's a sort of buffering not just on entering a different area but also rounding a corner in an area. the result is a jarring stop-start effect which you're best just giving a minute to settle before trying to move - otherwise it is REALLY irritating. This serves just to slow the game down even more (for info - I'm playing on a fairly new (less than 2 year old) xbox, which has plenty of disk space, and on a brand new top of the range TV - every other game I have works fine; so fair enough I may have a duff copy - but even if that's the case, quality control should've caught that)
In short - This feels like a single play-through game (I seriously cant face the idea of replaying it!) that had great potential and wasted it. It is worth playing through (if you can get into it) for the excellent story... but its certainly not one I would recommend for game-play. Maybe just wait till its in the "Games for under £15" block.
Oh and the "Limited" content is just a journal/ notebook which is... meh.
You can only walk through interior walls, and even then there are "ghost walls" that are impenetrable. Possessing people is only interesting when possessing certain key characters, all non essential people wandering the streets and buildings have only two thoughts that you can read. They add a bit of life to the setting but are totally irrelevant. The thing with the electricals is almost entirely a gimmick.
The story is quite good but it's very slow paced. Side quests are dull and there are so many collectables that you could spend over an hour of your life just reading the descriptions. Once you have finished the game there is absolutely no replay value.
Graphics look good when you are stood still but when you're on the move, especially in the free roam area of Salem town, the action can grind to a halt with great frequency. It's annoying and not something I expect from a game when I've installed it on my hard drive.
The soundtrack is suitably eerie but it's very repetitive
Not much combat in the game, I bought it for this reason, but even the small amount there is gets frustrating as the "hide" function doesn't really do much once you've been spotted.
Overall I didn't particularly enjoy this game.
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